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Jerome “Jerry” William Kelly, age 84 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away January 6, 2023 surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 29, 1938 in Brandon, Minnesota to Michael and Laura (Kapphahn) Kelly; he was the youngest of ten children. He attended and graduated from both Brandon High School and St. John’s University, and had attended St. John’s Seminary as well.

On November 23, 1972, he was joined in marriage to Sharon Catherine Beissel. Together they raised their son Timothy in Buffalo, MN.

Jerry spent many years working with the physically and mentally challenged at Functional Industries and then became a machinist. After retiring from full time employment, Jerry devoted hours and years as manager and volunteer at the Buffalo Food Shelf. He received the WCCO Good Neighbor Award and the Nancy Campbell Award from the Buffalo Food Shelf for his dedication.

Jerry reached out to the elderly and needy by coordinating the Befrienders program for a number of years at St. Francis Xavier Church in Buffalo, where he was a member since 1974. Jerry found his joy in serving others.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Laura Kelly; and siblings, Winifred, Sister Kathleen, OSF, Mary Spielmann, Patricia Good, Rene Reber, Michael “Mickey”, Mark, Warren, and Austin.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; son, Tim (Joyce Kurpiers); in-laws, Kent and Judy Beissel; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Dennis Honigs.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church – Buffalo, MN. Inurnment will follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Buffalo Food Shelf or donor’s charity of choice.

A special thank you goes to Brighton Hospice and The Glenn Cottages Memory Care staff for their care for Jerry and his family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ann Brummer

    Sharon and Tim- I am sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I hope that your minds and hearts are able to hold the memory of his love in the many memories you share, and the stories that you tell of his time here on Earth. His devotion to serving others is inspirational! I’m glad that you (and he) had such excellent support through those final weeks. 🙏

  2. Michael Kelly

    Many from memories of uncle Jerry

  3. Karen and Jim Hayes

    Jim and I enjoyed getting to know Jerry during our SFX days, and more personally during our Marriage Encounter days. And I also learned so much from him during my Befriender days. These are happy reflections… Jerry’s warmth, love, and generosity, along with his lifelong years of service to others, is inspiring. To us, he was a gentle giant living a fulfilling and beautiful life. We feel gratitude and love for him, and the gifts he extended continue to be a blessing in our lives. His spirit remains with us.

    Deepest condolences, love, and comfort from friends Karen and Jim

    P.S. We once heard Jerry express his desire to get to a Super Bowl game. We hope he crossed this off his bucket list, but if not, we imagine (with smiles on our faces) that he’s able to attend ALL of them now! :>)


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